Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke out Sunday on the deadly US Capitol riot carried out by supporters of President Trump, likening it to the infamous Kristallnacht pogrom — but offering hope that it, like so many hardships before, would only make America stronger.
The Hollywood star and former Republican governor of California opened a nearly eight-minute Twitter video by recounting his childhood in the shadow of World War II.
“I grew up in Austria. I am very aware of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass” said Schwarzenegger, 73. “It was a night of rampage against the Jews carried out in 1938 by the Nazi equivalent of the Proud Boys.
“Wednesday was the Day of Broken Glass right here in the United States,” he continued. “The broken glass was in the windows of the United States Capitol. But the mob did not just shatter the windows of the Capitol; they shattered the ideals we took for granted.”
The storming of the Capitol on Wednesday shortly followed a rally-style speech in which Trump urged his supporters to “fight like hell” against the certification of the 2020 presidential election results in favor of political rival Joe Biden, unfolding at the time in Congress.
The raid, which left five people dead including a Capitol Police officer, delayed but did not prevent the certification process.
My message to my fellow Americans and friends around the world following this week's attack on the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/blOy35LWJ5
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) January 10, 2021